Monday, August 17, 2015

Oasis Alert: The Armani Ecstasy Lacquer...Overview + Swatches

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Above: Introducting the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer
It seems at every turn, there is a new incarnation of matte liquid lip color being released.  Although I am all for a velvety matte lip from time to time, I generally prefer a shinier formula that makes lips look lush, juicy and full.  Enter the latest from Giorgio Armani: *The Ecstasy Laquer.  Currently available online at Giorgio Armani Beauty and slated for widespread release at Armani counters at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Saks later on this month, this hydrating lip color-meets stain-meets-luminous gloss is a veritable oasis in a sprawling desert of opaque matte lips.  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the formula in action...

giorgio armani ecstasy lacquer swatches

giorgio armani ecstasy lacquer swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Available in both subtly metallic and cellophane-like varnish finishes, the Ecstasy Laquer feels divine on the lips.  The angled doe foot applicator applies the perfect amount of this entirely non-sticky elixir and one can achieve long-lasting sheer, all the way to opaque coverage in a couple of coats.  

Upon application, my lips feel moisturized and comfortable and the insanely-pigmented formula keeps my lips shrouded in bold color for hours on end! 

There are 18 diverse shades in total and I had the privilege of trying seven of them; shade descriptions and swatches for those specific shades (in bold) follow below:

SHADES
  • 200 Night Berry (metallic effect): A deep blood red with slighly warm leanings, this shade is a gorgeous interpretation of the oxblood trend. 
  • 201 Leather (varnish effect)
  • 300 Tangerine (varnish effect)
  • 302 Amber (metallic effect)
  • 400 Four Hundred (varnish effect): A bright and classic neutral cherry red that is universally flattering.
  • 401 Red Chrome (varnish effect)
  • 402 Red-To-Go (lacquer effect)
  • 500 Vintage (metallic effect)
  • 501 Uptown (varnish effect)
  • 502 Boudoir (metallic effect): A soft and shimmering mid-toned pink...since receiving it, this easy to wear shade hasn't left my purse. 
  • 503 Fatale (metallic effect): A warm nude rose brown with extreme luminosity.  
  • 504 Pink-Out (metallic effect)
  • 505 Crescendo (varnish effect)
  • 506 Maharajah (metallic effect): A cool-toned deep violet pink with gorgeous radiance and finely-milled blue duochrome undertones that shift in the light.  
  • 600 Adrénaline (metallic effect): Hot raspberry pink with golden undertones.
  • 601 Plum Vinyl (varnish effect): A sumptuously opaque red-meets-plum for deeply lush lips.
  • 602 Vertigo (varnish effect)
  • 603 Night Viper (varnish effect)
giorgio armani ecstasy lacquer swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash.
The images that follow reflect all seven shades in action.  I am also wearing:

giorgio armani ecstasy lacquer swatches
Above: Night Berry.
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Above: Four Hundred.
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Above: Boudoir. 
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Above: Fatale.
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Above: Maharajah.
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Above: Adrenéline. 
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Above: Plum Vinyl.
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Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  The Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Laquer (currently available online at Giorgio Armani Beauty and slated for widespread release at Armani counters at Neiman MarcusNordstromBloomingdales and Saks) is such a refreshing release. The rich pigmentation, hydrating formula, expansive shade range and impressive lasting power make this one of my favorite lip color formula debuts this summer.  Additionally, their ability to instantly brighten up the face makes them the perfect companion for a host of fall beauty looks.  Utterly brilliant!

Which shade is calling YOUR name?

Good things ahead, including more Fall 2015 releases, a fresh FOTD and new product procurements!

May your week ahead be a marveous one...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

20 comments:

  1. Tequila MockingbirdAugust 17, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    I'm not a "mostly matte lip"-lady either, so I'm quite happy you've found a hydrating, non-tacky lacquer. The pigmentation of this formula looks quite impressive, which has been my experience with most Armani products. :)

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    1. I love that we both prefer a little shine, TM! If you find a shade you like, I am confident that you will LOVE this new formula!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. what shade of luminous silk did you get?

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    1. I have the shade #4 and it's a great match for N/NC 25-30 skin!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Very nice review! They all look good on you... hope you're having wonderful summer... you look very tanned!

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    1. Thank you, Lily...so appreciate the kind compliments!

      Hope your summer is going well, too...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Georgeous colours, especially Boudoir & Adreneline! ❤
    You take beautiful pictures! If I wants to see how the colour looks "in real life" I always turn to Your blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am honored by your assessment and will continue to give the "real life" depiction of the products I review!

      XO and thanks for your support,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. These look interesting. Would you say they're similar to YSL's glossy stains? Or like the lip maestros? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Ruth,

      In my experience, they are more moisturizing than the YSL Glossy Stains (yes!) and shinier/less velvety than the Lip Maestro...truly in a class of their own!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Great review! Reading and seeing these really made me so wanting to try it out.

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    1. Thank you, Julie!! Can't wait to hear what you think of these when you try them...keep me posted!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. I love # 601 !!) the colours are great!

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    1. Aren't they dreamy, Shoovi...loving this formula so much!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Great review, helpful swatches. Thought too sheer, but if they're buildable...

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    1. Thanks, Missy! They are buildable indeed, making them great for a pop of color!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. I've tried the number 400 today for the first time. The formula is amazing and the colours very easy to build... Now the 600 is really calling my name... Starting to save today to get it next month!! Love your blog, kisses from Portugal :)

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    1. So glad to hear that you are loving this exemplary formula,Ineshinha!

      XO to you,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Love these. Great pictures. Oh my…gosh, I didn't need to see this (& now I can't unsee it), I'm in love, I'm in trouble, wallet! What shade are you wearing in the last picture? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Cat Lover!! In the last image, I am wearing Plum Vinyl...hope you get a chance to try the formula!

      XO,


      --The Beauty Professor

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